West's Formula 44 wrote:
Doc Brown wrote:Tanking doesn't guarantee you good players, scouting and putting in the time to distinguish the duds, from the over-hyped and the actual gems of the draft get you the good players.
2006 - #1 Andrea Bargnani.........#21 Rajon Rondo
It's not always about where you draft, it's about what you draft.
'In 1997, shortly after Jerry divested himself of the last of his increasingly unprofitable horse racing stock, he asked Jimmy to join the Lakers as a sort of Jerry West in waiting. (On Sept. 4, West, 60, signed on for another four years as Lakers executive vice president.) There is some intra-family skepticism about this move. "Jeez!" says Janie. "Jerry West is like a god. It's hard to think of him and Jimmy in the same sentence."
Not for Jimmy. "I always wanted to be a G.M.," he says. He thinks sizing up a player is no different from assessing a stallion. "With a colt, you watch his stride and how he pops to extension," he says. "I just have to learn the qualities to look for in humans."
Jimmy's tutor, West, may be the shrewdest judge of talent in the NBA, and Jimmy has tagged along with him and general manager Mitch Kupchak on several scouting trips. "I've gotten a ton of knowledge from him," Jimmy says of West. "For instance, that watching how a player acts on the bench is as important as how he acts on the floor. [West] looks at what a player does when he comes out of a game and how he interacts with his coach. He'll walk up to a prospect and say, 'How ya doin'? I've got word that you beat up a woman.' And I'm sitting there thinking, Wow! Is this legal?" Yet Jimmy thinks scouting is vastly overrated. "Evaluating basketball talent is not too difficult," he says. "If you grabbed 10 fans out of a bar and asked them to rate prospects, their opinions would be pretty much identical to those of the pro scouts."
That comment mystifies West. "I have great admiration for what our scouts do," he says. "If the job is so easy, then why do some teams always have more success than others?"
this is ridiculous.
i find it so hard to have an intellectual basketball conversation at a bar with random people.
its ridiculous, 95% of people have no idea what they're talking about, and for damn sure most cant even start with the salary caps, DOABLE trades, etc etc.
most people say LEBRONS THE BEST, HEAT!, CLIPPERS! BLAKE GRIFFIN IS THE BEST BIG MAN IN THE GAME (even though, hes failed to work on his post and cant even do a simple up and under correctly, becoming a dwight 2.0)
its just ridiculous, i remember saying the spurs are grandpas, and they aint gonna win it if they lose this game 6, and people are like "theyre not old, parker and giniboli and duncan are all under 40!" ridiculous stuff like that.
i often have to correct them (most probably think im a douche bag, but sometimes they are so wrong, i HAVE to correct them, its like meeting somebody that thinks its OK to put your hand in a pot of boiling water, i just HAVE To tell them)
its just ridiculous dude, kobe/melo has a bad night, they say he sucks blah blah blah, some no name scrub has a 20 point game, they say, "WE SHOULD SIGN HIM!"
this franchise has done nothing but gone down hill since jim buss took over.
Personally i dont know much people that can really evaluate talent. dudes dont know what a good post game is.
I mean the other day some one was going off about griffin, and i said he needs GET a post game and play some better defense. dude said "He Has Good Post Game", i know its not much, but its coming from a dude that lets it be known hes a basketball fan.
the faster jimmy is ousted, the faster we'll be heading towards the right direction